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Community invited to Christmas Lovefeast at Wake Forest University

November 6, 2008

Wake Forest University will hold the 44th traditional Christmas Lovefeast and Candlelight Service at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 in Wait Chapel.  The event is free and open to the public.

Linda McKinnish Bridges, associate director of admissions at Wake Forest University, will be the guest speaker.  Chaplain Tim Auman will conduct the service.  The Concert Choir, conducted by director of choral ensembles, Brian Gorelick, will provide choral music and lead the congregation in singing carols and the traditional Moravian song, "Morning Star."  Additional music will be performed by university organist Donald Armitage, the handbell and flute choirs and a traditional Moravian Band.  University carilloneur Lauren Bradley and guest carilloneurs Evelyn Eisele, Raymond E. Ebert and Teresa Tang will play before and after the service. 

Members of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity will place luminaries around Thomas K. Hearn Jr. Plaza.  Inside the chapel, each person will receive a beeswax candle to be lit at the end of the service.  More than 50 students and faculty will serve coffee and Moravian buns.  The event is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain.

The Christmas Lovefeast and Candlelight Service is a custom that originated in Europe in 1747.  The first lovefeast in North Carolina was held on the evening of the arrival of the Moravians at Bethabara in 1753.  A Wake Forest student initiated the annual Christmas lovefeast on campus in 1965, which draws more than 2,000 people each year and has grown into the largest single lovefeast hosted in North America.

Those attending the service may make monetary contributions to the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund.   For more information, call 758-5210.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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